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Melissa Cohen

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Name: Melissa Cohen
Date registered: March 7, 2013
URL: https://www.melissaannecohen.com

Latest posts

  1. One month in — October 11, 2021
  2. 3 weeks — September 22, 2021
  3. I’ve felt this way before — August 19, 2021
  4. To Jessica – on leaving for college — August 17, 2021
  5. Ever closer — August 11, 2021

Most commented posts

  1. Jessie’s poem — 5 comments
  2. Ultimate Blog Party — 5 comments
  3. He sat on the rug — 4 comments
  4. Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) — 4 comments
  5. Head Injury — 4 comments

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Oct 11

One month in

It’s more like a month and a week, but being on time has never been a strong point for me. Julianna bounced into school like a duck to water. It’s a good metaphor, because a duck legit needs water and is happiest there, and truly, that’s what it feels like. She’s in her best place. …

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Sep 22

3 weeks

It’s been three weeks since Jessie moved to Wellesley, and we’re adjusting. Four weeks since Julianna started back in public school, and she’s thriving. Less than a week since Sam started braille, and he’s oddly proficient for a kid who had three months of braille instruction three years ago. Because the Jewish holidays happened so …

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Aug 19

I’ve felt this way before

I was sitting this morning, thinking my thoughts, and realizing that I have felt like this before. It’s not precisely the same, but the closest I can come is when you’re eight and a half months pregnant. Not there yet, but on the precipice of everything changing, and being in a new place. Everything is …

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Aug 17

To Jessica – on leaving for college

There are so many things I hope I taught you over the years. So many lessons I meant to make sure you learned. I wonder, looking back, if I did enough. Did I tell you everything I meant to? In the end, I don’t want to make you a list of helpful advice. You don’t …

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Aug 11

Ever closer

I’ve been thinking of a letter that I should write for Jessie when she goes off to college. And while I will do it, it occurs to me that I need to work through some things first. Because it should be about her, and right now, I keep making it about me. When I think …

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Aug 03

Will I always feel like this?

Julie is spending the night at my sister’s house, with her cousin Aria. Which is lovely and fun, and I’m happy she’s out and about, spending time doing something she likes. BUT – it feels… off. I don’t feel right when one of my kids is not here. I mean, it’s fine, I’m not worried …

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Aug 02

Squares on a calendar

My days with her are whittled down to squares on the calendar. Julie has a calendar she keeps on the wall in the living room, and wherever I sit, I can see it. I haven’t counted them up yet, but I can’t quite help myself from counting the weeks. Three full weeks left. Two partial. …

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Jul 21

Five Weeks

I mean, counting down isn’t good for anyone. I know that. It’s like googling a medical condition. Everyone says it’s a bad idea, but I do it anyway. More knowledge is better than less. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. But there are five weeks left until Jessie moves out, and I’m… wordless. I …

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May 26

Last Day of High School

I remember her first day of kindergarten, how Sam cried so hard. He was angry that I let her walk away with her class. She’s my first, so I’m always figuring out how to do things with her. I think sometimes we miss that reality – that we’re always a new mom when it comes …

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May 15

When will I read????

We’ve had fourteen months of staying at home. All the time. I mean, I went grocery shopping, visited my parents once a month or so, but otherwise, that was it. I went WEEKS with nothing on my calendar. And suddenly, it’s over. Jessie’s working three different jobs (soon to add a fourth), finishing up end …

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